West Ham United will make a formal announcement of the club's new manager within the next 24 hours, with the news set to be confirmed first on whufc.com.
The club have been conducting a thorough recruitment programme in recent weeks and made excellent progress after considering a number of candidates. The squad are set to report back for pre-season training on Monday 5 July, meaning the new manager will have plenty of time to put together his squad for the 2010/11 campaign.
With the aim to build on the proven international talent in the ranks and exciting youngsters coming through, the club expect a number of new signings to be made over the coming weeks. whufc.com will be the place to be to hear all the latest while fans can stay in touch first and fastest via the club's mobile text alerts. Click here for more information on how to stay in touch wherever you are this summer.
Meanwhile, the club can confirm Luis Boa Morte has been offered a new contract following the release of the retained list of players for the new season.
The Portugal midfielder's existing deal expires on 30 June but he has been given a new offer after his successful comeback from a long-term knee injury. Boa Morte's return from nine months out saw him start and score in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on the last day of the campaign. He has played 80 times for the Hammers since joining the club from Fulham in January 2007.
Guillermo Franco, Ilan and Mido are all leaving the club after the end of their respective deals. Franco scored five goals in 23 matches after joining as an out-of-contract player last September. Ilan scored four times in eleven games after signing in January at the same time as Mido, who did not register in nine appearances, moved to the Boleyn Ground on a six-month loan from Middlesbrough.
Young quartet Anthony Edgar, Jordan Spence, Matthew Fry and Oliver Lee have also been offered new contracts. Winger Edgar and versatile defender Spence both made their first-team bows in the past campaign. Centre-back Fry finished the season on loan at Charlton Athletic and midfielder Lee had a strong run in the reserves after recovering from a bout of glandular fever.
Other players who will not be back next season are central defender Bondz 'Gala, who has joined Plymouth Argyle permanently, and midfielder Josh Payne, who had loans at Cheltenham Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United. Tony Brookes, Daniel Kearns and Jack Lampe will also move on to pastures new while Davide Ferrari's loan from Brescia Calcio has expired.
At scholarship level, first professional contracts have been offered to left-back Jordan Brown, centre-back Callum McNaughton and forward Cristian Montano - with the latter named most improved player in the Academy. All three were regulars in the reserves towards the end of the season. Finally, the young trio of Peter Loveday, Nicky Barrett and Conor Okus have all been released.
The club would like to wish all the departing players well in their future careers. The 2010/11 Barclays Premier League fixtures will be published on Thursday 17 June with the new season set to start on the weekend of 14/15 August. Keep an eye on whufc.com for news of the club's pre-season friendlies, click here for the latest.